Records management takes a few lessons from supercomputing

Storing and categorizing data has parallels elsewhere in government computing.

Points of order

Agencies struggling to manage their electronic records are getting some direction from the E-Government Electronic Records Management initiative.

NARA prepares for a new era in records management

The numbers are enormous'1 billion military personnel files and 600 million Census Bureau records, to name just two examples.

Cybersecurity

Records are records, no matter what the format

A case a few years ago involving the Bureau of Indian Affairs underscores what can happen when an agency hasn't implemented effective policies and procedures to preserve and protect electronic correspondence.

Cybersecurity

Built-in protection

If you've already got comprehensive security and privacy practices in place at your agency, you're ahead of the game in electronic-records management.

Formatting the future

Five years ago, U.S. Courts started putting in place an electronic docket-filing system.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Beat the E-Records Glut: Agencies dig in to get control of a mounting pile of e-records

It's no secret that agencies face a growing mountain of electronic records, but they don't have to wind up buried beneath it. But in a series of studies in recent years, the Government Accountability Office has found that most electronic records remain unscheduled and their disposition has not been determined.

Federal Contract Law: Taking full advantage of share-in-savings contracting

One of the goals of the E-Government Act is to encourage the use of share-in-savings contracts. These are performance-based contracts where the contractor is paid a share of the money it saves the government.

DOD takes a different route to same goal

In many ways, the Defense Department operates under different budget rules than do civilian agencies, but it still has the same two masters: the Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.

Working the hill

When it comes to money, Congress is the final arbiter. What are the ins and outs of making the case for funding once the president's budget request goes to the Hill?

56 for 56

The Veterans Affairs Department batted 1.000 this year, when the Office of Management and Budget approved all of its 56 submitted IT business cases for fiscal 2005 on the first try. An Exhibit 300 that fulfills OMB requirements means the IT project has a better chance at funding.

Inside the evaluations

During his five years with the Office of Management and Budget, fall meant two things to Tony Frater: the start of the Green Bay Packers' season and the reading of IT business cases. Many hours of reading.

An inside view: how to build a business case

New initiatives for federal IT investments face a rigorous process of planning and justification to obtain approval by the Office of Management and Budget. Here are some steps for making the case to OMB for funding for a 'ground zero' project, from Jim Kendrick, president of the P2C2 Group Inc. of Kensington, Md., based on his experience in helping agencies prepare Exhibit 300 business cases.

The funding equation starts at 300

Agencies used to give their IT business cases the casual treatment. 'A few years ago, agencies could fill out a 300 in a few days without doing their homework and get passing grades,' said management consultant Jim Kendrick, president of the P2C2 Group Inc. of Kensington, Md.

There's more to the game than knowing the rules

To win the funding game, you've got to know the rules. But knowing the rules isn't enough'there's much more to getting your IT initiative underwritten. Knowing the rules never hit a ground-rule double or put a 20-foot putt in the hole.

OMB's advice: Communicate and innovate

For President Bush, effective implementation of e-government is critical to making government more responsive and cost-effective. And the Office of Management and Budget's e-government initiatives are the most visible manifestation of the government's cross-agency efforts.

One move at a time

When the Environmental Protection Agency took over the Online Rulemaking project in October 2002 from the Transportation Department, it wasn't in uncharted territory.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Science.gov's party project

How do you get 17 organizations to collaborate on a single search engine? Run the project like a potluck party, according to Eleanor Frierson.

Safecom's critical point

One of the Office of Management and Budget's 25 high-profile e-government projects, Project Safecom has had four different management teams under three different agencies since it was launched in 2002.

Working Across Agencies: Cross-agency work gets virtual

Among OMB's 25 e-government initiatives, those that have fared well to date have developed the proper management structure to promote collaboration, the General Accounting Office has said. But cross-agency work hinges on building the right management structure to make collaboration happen, a task overseen by <b>OMB's portfolio team</b>. GCN Management looks under the hood of agency collaboration.

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